School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Nirbhay Kumar, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Kumar also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Kumar graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi with Ph.D. in Biochemistry and is currently engaged in research on the development of a vaccine to stop malaria transmission. He received advanced research training in cell biology, immunology and vaccinology of malaria as a post-doctoral fellow and visiting associate at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. He then joined the faculty of the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and continued there from 1986-2009 as Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Deputy Director of Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Prior to joining the Department of Global Health, Dr. Kumar served as William G. Vincent Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine, and Director of a Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases Research Centre at Tulane University, New Orleans.
He has trained and mentored more than 50 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty during his professional career at Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Tulane University. As PI of a Global Infectious Diseases (GID) Training Grant (Fogarty International Center, NIH) for more than 12 years, he actively worked towards capacity building in developing countries via several workshops and mentored training of students and public health professional. Dr. Kumar was elected fellow of the, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in 2007, American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) in 2012 and American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) in 2015.